Arts Integration at Home – Narrative Pantomime


Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

Narrative Pantomime is an active way for students to a) retell a story and b) draw out action, emotion, and sensory details. It’s a great way to extend the story hour, especially for kids who can’t read yet. The directions for the activity are shared in two ways – for caregivers/teachers and for kids who can read so they can do the activity independently.

We’d love to see you share a photo of your Narrative Pantomime on our post so that others can join in your learning. #artsed #artseducation #dramabasedinstruction

Today, we were supposed to host over 1,800 students at Merrill Auditorium for The Snowy Day and Other Stories. In honor of that, today’s at-home arts integration strategy is a Narrative Pantomime for Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day, and directions on how to make up your own.


Narrative Pantomime is credited to Drama Education scholar and teacher Ruth Henig. You can see a longer description of the activity in the link below from the Drama-Based Instruction website created by Drama for Schools at The University of Texas at Austin.

Narrative Pantomime:

Sarah Coleman, Portland Ovations Co-Director of Engagement l School Programs is a theatre educator, an arts integration specialist, and a former classroom teacher who has taught students in grades K – college as well as led professional development workshops for teachers around the country for over 15 years.